When young Wynter Moorehawke returns to court with her dying father, she finds her old home shadowed with fear. The king has become a violent despot, terrorizing those he once loved. His son and heir Alberon has fled into exile and now there are whispers everywhere of rebellion. Meanwhile, Alberon’s half-brother Razi has been elevated to his throne. He struggles to meet his King’s demands while remaining loyal to his beloved brother and to his friend Wynter.
Now she must choose - her father or her dreams, her friend or her king, her duty or her love.
"Atmospheric, complex, and intense, Kiernan's debut fantasy, set in a sort of alternate 15th-century Europe, mixes vengeful ghosts and talking cats into political intrigue.... this epic starts strong and doesn't falter one iota, ending with a cliffhanger that will leave readers demanding more." (Publishers Weekly)
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Did not live up to hype
Gore, Tears and Boredom
- P. Stover